Cantler Posts Game-Winning Hit

DENTON, Texas (2/19/11) - Senior Mallory Cantler knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the North Texas softball team a come-from-behind 5-4 victory against Tennessee Tech on Saturday night at Lovelace Stadium.

The Mean Green improves to 3-5 this season and 1-1 in the Sleep Inn Classic. North Texas finishes up play in the three-day tournament on Sunday with games against Centenary and Northwestern State.

North Texas used late runs in the fifth and sixth innings to overtake the Golden Eagles. Tennessee Tech held early leads, but the Mean Green used key hits late in the game to steal the win.

With the Mean Green down 4-2 in the sixth inning, freshman Brooke Foster started off the bottom of the inning with a triple. Megan Rupp drew a walk and then stole her second base of the game. Lisa Johnson walked to load the bases for Cantler. The senior knocked the ball up the middle to score two runs, the tying run and the game-winning run.

Brittany Simmons (2-4) picked up the win for the Mean Green after relieving Ashley Kirk in the fifth inning. Simmons pitched 2.1 innings and allowed just three hits.

Tennessee Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off two walks, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. The Mean Green got on the scoreboard when Lisa Johnson gave North Texas a run with her second homer of the season in the third inning. The Golden Eagles extended its lead with two more runs in the fifth inning, 4-1.

Lesley Hirsch posted a pinch-hit single to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. She later scored from third off a throwing error. Pinch runner Anna Barren scored the second run of the inning off a groundout by Mariza Martinez. North Texas added two more runs in the sixth to complete the comeback.

In tournament action, Nebraska extended its record to 4-0 in the Sleep Inn Classic with two more wins on Saturday. Tennessee Tech lost two games on Saturday to put its record at 1-3 for the weekend. North Texas is now 1-1, while Centenary falls to 0-3.



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